Thursday, December 18, 2008

Let me tell you about my son.


Kevin is my oldest. He'll be 12 in a few short weeks (!!). He is such a good big brother to all his siblings - not that they don't fight and bicker and get on each other's nerves, but for the most part Kevin, despite the age difference between him and his younger sibs (he's 5 1/2 years older than Joey, the next oldest), is very tolerant, loving and patient.

With Finn, he's especially loving and almost mother-hennish. It could be that he feels extra protective because he knows his brother has Ds, he has some inkling of what that means, and he was deeply affected by Finn's time in the NICU. So I'm sure that has something to do with it. But the truth is, he's been that way with each new baby that has been born into our family.

That said, he has taken a special interest in the fact that Finn has Down syndrome. He proudly wore a Ds awareness bracelet to school (until he lost it). He has an International Studies class in which the students are required to find a news article each week with international subject matter, and then summarize the article and discuss its implications. Twice now he has presented articles dealing with Down syndrome, which has sparked discussion in his class about Down syndrome. To me, this is an amazing thing. A whole group of kids that might view people's differences with an open mind and an open heart as they continue on through life, because maybe these discussions instigated by Kevin will stay with them.

Kevin dreams of being a writer, a published author some day. Right now he wants to write a story about a kid with Ds, and he's even begun researching Ds - on his own! - in order to be able to create a realistic character for his story.

My heart runneth over.

15 comments:

Following Him said...

What a wonderful son! He impresses me with his interest in DS.
~Elyse~

T-rex said...

That's so great Lisa! Go Kevin!

Karly said...

That brings tears to my eyes. You must be so proud of the kind young man you are raising.

Chrystal said...

What a great, great kid. You are one fortunate mom!

Lisa B said...

Ditto to what Karly said - tears are flowing. And such a lovely picture of them together too :) Lisa

Liz said...

What an amazing young man you've brought up, Lisa.

Tricia said...

What a great kid! You know,Dr. Brian Skotko (http://www.brianskotko.com/) has a sister with DS. Brian is a great guy, speaker, and all around person (from what I know of him) and he ran "sibshops" at the DS Convention in Boston this year. Maybe one day your son (and all the kids) can go! It's very interesting!

Tricia said...

beautiful picture too, BTW

Nicole O'Dell said...

How touching! I love that he's doing research and wants to write. What a great idea!!!

SunflowerMom said...

What a great big brother! I think it's terrific that he is interested in learning about Ds and advocacy!

Jeanette said...

Wow! Thank you for sharing this. It sounds like he has a tender, loving heart to begin with and his baby brother has touched a special place in that heart. What a gift you have in your children.

Jen said...

An awesome kid is a result of an awesome family!

nezza said...

Awww - what a wonderful big brother to have. Kevin is a little superstar. :o) A credit to his family.

Tara Marie said...

That picture is just beautiful.....and Kevin is a special young man. I can't wait to see the words he pen's someday [and if he takes after his Momma, they will take us on a fantastic journey]

Sharon said...

How proud you must be! He sounds like an amazing young man.